Rügen Travel Guide

  • Rügen
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  • Rügen
    by Tonttuliina
  • Rügen
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Rügen Things to Do

  • Königsstuhl

    Go to the Königsstuhl sightseeing spot. It's the highest point on the chalk rocks and offers a wonderful look-off onto the Baltic Sea.A modern visitors Center has opened called: Nationalpark-Zentrum KÖNIGSSTUHL:Admission fee (visitors center): € 8.50 Openings hours:Winter: Daily 10AM - 5PMSpring: Daily: 10AM - 6_MSummer: 9AM - 7PM

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  • Das Urwald

    Visit the Jasmund Nature Park. Jasmund is the peninsula of Rügen where the famous chalk rocks meet the Baltic Sea. The National park was founded in 1990. Although it's the smallest German park it has the oldest beech forest and due to that became an UNESCO heritage.

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  • Hiking from Sassnitz to Königsstuhl

    This 9km hike along the chalk cliffs of Rügen must be among Germany's most spectacular ones - and you can even extend it by hiking back along the beach and see the same magnificent coast from the bottom!Starting in Sassnitz, just next to the animal park, you will first walk a good kilometre through the incredibly beautiful beech forest before...

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  • The chalk cliffs near Sassnitz

    For those of you who are not into hiking (or not able to do it for a longer time), seeing Rügen's most spectacular cliffs near Sassnitz is also possible without the strenuous walk through Jasmund's beech tree forest. The easiest and most touristy way is to take a cliff cruise from Binz or Sassnitz. Boat tours leave frequently and cost about € 15 /...

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  • Moritzdorf and the "Moritzburg"...

    "Moritzburg" is what in German is called an "Ausflugslokal" - a restaurant somewhere near a popular day-trip destination or hiking path which serves typical hearty German food, such as schnitzels or bratwursts with sauerkraut. Don't expect too much in terms of quality, but you will certainly be able to appease your hunger. In case of "Moritzburg",...

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  • Cape Arkona - Cycling to Rügen's north...

    A very popular activity on Rügen is cycling. If you happen to be on the Wittow peninsula, it's cycling to Cape Arkona what you have to do. We rented our cycles at Fahrradverleih Volker Uthess in Altenkirchen. They were in top condition and at € 6.00 per person and day also cheap. The rental place staff will recommend a 23km cycling tour from...

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Rügen Hotels

  • Hanseatic Rugen und Villen

    Nordperdstrasse 2, Gohren, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, 18586, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

Rügen Restaurants

  • A lovely cafe in Altenkirchen

    Directly across the street from Altenkirchen's brick Gothic church is a rather nondescript gate to a courtyard. We were looking for a drink to get refreshed after a long bike ride on a very humid day, so we entered the courtyard - and were surprised what a nice cafe was expecting us. Well, it's not only a cafe - Hofcafé also has steaks or grilled...

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  • Rügen's best Italian restaurant

    To be honest: we didn't try another Italian restaurant on Rügen. No matter what we would have been served, it could only have been disappointing after our lunch at La Vita Bella in Sassnitz! It was the best Italian food I've had in years - a perfect salad and an incredibly yummy bruschetta as starters followed by pasta with a chanterelle and...

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  • Good food in an off-the-beaten-path...

    If you manage to find the tiny village of Rappin, hidden somewhere in the fields of Rügen's heartland, you've reached one of the island's most interesting restaurants: Andernorts auf Rügen. The name says it all - you are now "elsewhere on Rügen". Located on the minuscule marketplace of Rappin, the restaurant comes up with a very inventive and...

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Rügen Transportation

  • To Rügen with car, new autobahn

    With the car you can reach Rügen via many motorways (autobahn). From the south (eg Munich), like we had to do via A9 to Berlin. From Berlin A 11 and A 20 direct to Stralsund. Another autobahn A 10 west of Berlin to Rostock. Because the new motorway ( 96 and 96a)is ready you can drive also directly to Stralsund.About the Rügendamm (bridge) you reach...

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  • To the North, Wittow

    Up to the North of the isle, the region of Wittow, you can drive with car but would need many time. So it is better to take the Wittower Fähre (ferry boat) in Wittow. Its a very short way between Wittow South and Wittow North, only some minutes and you reach the region Wittow with its most north point Arkona. Ferry even weaves between north and...

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  • From/To Hunting Palace Granitz

    That little train, but with more power you can guess, brings you to the Palace Granitz, up to the hill, across wonderful forest. The tour isn´t boring. During you drive up, you get many informations about the region, the town and the history of Granitz. A very good idea and interesting. The music at the end of the tour, backwards... okay, not the...

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Rügen Shopping

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  • Supermarkets open on Sundays

    Unlike in most parts of Germany, Rügen's supermarkets are open on Sundays during high season. Pretty much every bigger supermarket in touristy parts of the island (mostly the north coast) will be open between 1pm and 6pm. This is very uncommon in Germany, as there are laws governing the opening times of shops, and these state that shops are closed...

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  • Locally sourced produce and lots more to...

    Feinste Regionalwaren, German for "finest regional products" already has a lovable old-fashioned name, one that creates images of crammed corner stores (the so-called Tante-Emma-Läden) filled with a mixture of tins and jars, of baskets full of vegetables and a small meat or cheese corner. This shop in the small town of Gingst in central Rügen is...

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  • Much in One, Putgarten

    Is not good to have to select one, I took Others, but the Rügenhof is much in one. Arts, exhibitions, gifts, crafts, jewelry, clothes, food and drink, restaurants, events and holiday flats. It was a manor formerly.High recommandable if you want have some for memory, or search for a beautiful gift or special art. Esp. porcellain is so fascinating...

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Rügen Local Customs

  • Drive with your headlights on

    Part of Rügen's beauty comes from its many tree-lined country roads, in German "Alleen". As beautiful as they may appear, they may be dangerous for drivers. Rügen's roads are very busy, and those lined with trees are very narrow and often lack a hard shoulder. As light and shadow constantly change, it is often quite hard to spot oncoming traffic on...

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  • Strandkörbe

    Strandkörbe are a speciality of German beach life. There are made for sitting inside, protected from the cold wind and turned towards the sun. Looking on the colourful formation of a multitude of Strandkörbe at the beaches sometimes offers an amazing sight.

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  • Sanddorn

    Sanddorn is a kind of fruit of which delicious syrup and marmalade are made. Sanddorn it is a speciality which you can only find in northern Germany.

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Rügen Warnings and Dangers

  • Mysterious restaurant

    In Gramtitz, near Bakenberg, is a small restaurant. The name is Schifferklause, a dirty and bad low pub. okay, they advertize with the fact that is very old,existing since some hundred of years. But bad keeps bad.The host was out of humour, the rooms were neglected. We did not eat. So I cannot say how meals had for a quality. It is as if the time...

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  • Non smoking area

    Hi, if you are a smoker, you should not forget to buy your cigaretts during the day. At evening you can´t get some (at least on Wittow). Not in restaurants and nowhere a slot machine. And if you find one, guaranteed want not work. (lol)

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  • Road Conditions

    Conditions on Ruegen roads can change swiftly! One moment you're driving an ordinary road, the next moment you're on cobble stones. This particularly happens when entering small villages, but it happens also just "some where". Sometimes you see speed limits of 80 km/h (50mph). I suggest you don't try!!

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Rügen Tourist Traps

  • Flintstone Fields

    The flintstone fields are not really a tourist trap, just a place that's hyped a lot and is not at all interesting unless you are a geology buff. Not far away from Prora, there is an overpriced car park in the middle of the forest from where most people start their proposed 3km hike towards the flintstone fields. Paths zigzagging through the...

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  • Alternative entrance to the island

    There is only 1 entrance bridge to the island, which will open at fixed times to allow ships to pass. Be patient. If you are in the middle of a traffic jam in Stralsund, better pay a short visit to this beautiful Hanze city.2007 Update: End october the new Ruegenbruecke was opened. This new and high bridge makes an end to the lang waiting lines at...

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  • You can't drive everywhere

    The the National Park is forbidden for private cars. Go to the Hagen Parking place and take the bus. If the weather permits take a bicycle (24 gears!)

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Rügen What to Pack

  • Endless walking

    Backpack. Form bathing suit to rain coat. Sun lotion. Very wide angle lens Mountain shoes.Bicycle with 24+ gears.

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  • ... can be fun!

    we took along a kite and had the most fun with it! The winds are terrific, at times even too strong!!! In that case you might just enjoy walking along the beach and wait for better wind conditions...

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  • Cold winds....

    Even in August the temperatures in the evenings were rather low. Especially the cold wind made some warm clothes quite enjoyable!!!

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Rügen Off The Beaten Path

  • Unter den Linden

    Take the local roads on the island. The L29 at Putbus is the start of the so-called German Avenue Route; a route over local roads wit trees at both sides. Often these trees are lime trees, hence often the roads are called Linden Allee.

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  • Up or down

    Walking along the shoreline at the rocky East side is most spectacular.There are more and easier walking routes available; see this website%*.

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  • Beach in Prora, next to Prora Koloss...

    On the Southern end of the Prora's 4km long, empty Koloss house there is a big beach. About 10? km South-East from Sassnitz (between Sassnitz and Sellin towns). There is a parking area, but many choose to park free just by the long empty Koloss house.

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Rügen Sports & Outdoors

  • Horseback riding

    There are quite a few farms and stables that offer lessons or rides through the wonderful landscape. We tried a few of them and each one of them was just perfect.

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  • Horseback Riding

    Since the girls love to go horsebackriding, we took them to various places, where they could either take lessons or go on a ride. I contacted this one organisation beforehand and they sent me a list of places - with addresses and telephone numbers. You can also get information at the Rügen tourist information.

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  • Rügen Hotels

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Rügen General

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  • Old stuff

    I was struck by signs of modernization, like new buses and railroads. Also seeing the LIDL supermarkets in the former East Germany was such a sign.Furthermore demolishing of old "wohnkazernen" was in full swing.Still there were those typical East German signs, lke the Trabants still on the road. A Trabant still on the road.

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  • The Sea

    What I miss when I remember for that journey? At first the moments at Sea. Lying in sand, reading a book, listening for waves. So peaceful, when you are there in off-season. Or at evening. Strolling at waterside, watching children and relaxed persons. Watching the sunsets and dream a while..... Pure romance. I miss it again during I write that...

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  • The Beaches and Coast

    Beaches on isle of Rügen are great, unique.... which word I should take for it? Fine sand beaches change with cliff lines and stones. Luxurious beaches, natural beaches. The last I like more, of course. That´s me.Belong the coast you find forests. And inmidst the forests everywhere cottages, trailer (fixed), little homes, mostly of the time from...

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